Australian Tropical Rainforest Plants - Online edition
Archontophoenix cunninghamiana (H.Wendl.) H.Wendl. & Drude
Wendland, H.A. & Drude, C.G.O. (1875) Linnaea 39: 214. Type: .
Picabbean palm; Bangalow palm
Palm to 30 m tall with a trunk 30 cm DBH, slightly enlarged at the base, becoming fissured with age. Leaf scars prominent.
Leaves 9-12, up to 4.5 m long, with a moderate lateral twist, with 70-90 pinnae per side. Crownshaft to 70-140 cm long, tapered, dark-green, brown-green or purple-green. Petiole up to 50 cm long, with rust red-brown scales. Pinnae up to 100 x 3-10 cm, rigid becoming lax and semi-pendulous with age, dark glossy green on upper surface and lighter green on under surface. Midrib and veins not as prominent on both surfaces.
Inflorescence 150 x 60 cm, axes yellow green, white or cream changing to light green or mauve in fruit. Prophyll 50-60 x 12 cm, dark green with black scales. Peduncular bract to 58 cm, thin, papery, mildly fibrous. Peduncle up to 15 x 5-7 cm, yellow-green. Rachis to 60 x 3.5 cm and 2 cm thick. Staminate (male) flowers paired at the front part. Flowers lilac to purple. Staminate flowers 3-6 x 1.5-3 mm in bud opening to 7-11 mm. Sepals to 1-1.5 mm long. Petals 4-4.5 x 2-3 mm. Stamens 9-18 with purple filaments. Pistillate (female) flower up to 4-5 x 3-4 mm in bud. Flowers light green to purple. Stigma to 1 mm long.
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Occurs in the far south of NEQ and CEQ and south to south-eastern New South Wales. Altitudinal range from near sea level to 1200 m. Grows in rainforest, vine forest, swampy areas and wet sclerophyll forest.